A Cold Winter Day

While the past few weeks in south-west Pennsylvania has been quite frigid, today it warmed up just a bit and the sun made an appearance.  This made for a nice hike around Ohiopyle.  Having read that Cucumber Falls was totally frozen over, I decided to take a trip down to the Cascades as well as Jonathan Run Falls since I have never been to those in winter.  Both of those were almost all iced up as well.

For this trip, I packed very light since I wanted to test out my new Fuji 18-135mm lens.  I left my primes at home, which made for a compact and lightweight kit.  Basically all I had was the X-T1, 18-135mm, Variable ND Filter, batteries, memory cards and my Benro Travel Angel tripod.  Everything seemed to work great and even though the lighting was rather harsh (due to the time of day and a cloudless sky), the pictures were what I was hoping for.  I am ready for it to warm up and for Spring to arrive.

A New (Old) Lens

As is the norm, anytime I get a new lens in my hands, it gets pointed at my cat.  These shots happen to be from a Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 55mm f/1.8 in m42 mount.  It connects to my X-T1 via a cheap Fotodiox adapter and gives me a roughly 85mm angle of view.   Since I can’t afford the Fuji 56mm f/1.2 currently, I’m hoping this will hold me over until I can.  For a 40 year old lens, I think it performs quite well.  The cat was still not happy though.

San Diego as Seen by my Fuji

Having just returned from San Diego, I’m realizing just how much my new 23mm lens is my sweet spot.  My travel bag contained the 23mm, 35mm and the 55-200mm.  The Fuji XF 23mm f/1.4 R lens performed amazingly well.  At first, I was a bit worried about the single focal length and if I would miss any opportunities because of it.  After shooting with it primarily for a few days, that couldn’t be further from the truth.  It felt great to be focused on a single focal length and walk around without a bag full of glass.  Here are some of shots while walking around.

The 55-200mm only came into play when I ventured over to the San Diego Zoo.  As much as I’m loving the 23mm, it really isn’t suited to the job.

On my last day in San Diego, I explored the USS Midway.  This is a decommissioned aircraft carrier that is now a floating museum and educates the public about life on a carrier.  For this, the 23mm was back on the X-T1 and never came off.

The interesting part of this trip was that the 35mm only was on the camera for a few shots inside of the reptile house.  The 55-200mm wasn’t bright enough, so the f/1.4 35mm lens came out of the bag for a few shots.  I love the lens, but the focal length may not be my favorite anymore.